And actually I say, "American Indian."As far as I know, this is the only minority status that you have to prove - the Bureau of Indian Affairs standard was 25%, or one grandparent an enrolled tribe member.I don't know yet if I'm going to claim it. I might be better off being "Caucasian." I want to go to school in the South, by the way.
Yeah, I'm just of a divided mind about this.Pros: It could help. It's totally legitimate. I was an anthropology major and did a senior thesis on my tribe. I don't think I'd be displacing any reservation Indians (unlike in lots of Western schools). Unlike other minority classifications, this one is all about genealogy and not so much about looks.Cons: Racism (The 3 schools I like have VERY few Indian students between them. I hope because they don't apply.) I don't look terribly Indian, so I'd hate for it to work AGAINST me. My grandfather didn't look terribly Indian either, although my aunts do. He actually became a U.S. citizen, because back then Indians weren't citizens at birth (!) He was taken away from his mother and adopted by a white family, and shipped off to an Indian boarding school. Apparently, he actually got into Yale but ended up at the University of Kansas. And he called himself an "ol' Injun." So I guess that's why.I would love to know if I have to send in papers or something to prove it, because I'd have to start hunting for them now! Thanks for the input.
1. Your ancestor has to have been on the original Dawes Rolls - an official census taken in the 1800's.